Job Description Trenton Downtown Association Inc. Executive Director Job

Trenton Downtown Association Inc. NJ

August 2, 2021



Application Deadline: Monday September 6, 2021 at 5PM



Organization:             Trenton Downtown Association, a 501 c (3) organization

Applications close:      Friday, September 6, 2021, at 5PM but review of credentials will begin immediately

Responsible to:           Board of Directors, day to day supervisor is the Board Chair

Status:                         Exempt

Full Time:                    40 hours per week, work hours are flexible, work from office in Trenton daily

Hours:                         Regular full-time, with occasional evenings and weekends

Benefits:                      100% paid health insurance for employee, 401K Plan, 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 7 sick days, and 3 personal days per calendar year

Salary Range:              $70,000 to $90,000 based on relevant factors and experience


About The Trenton Downtown Association

The mission of the Trenton Downtown Association is to strengthen downtown business in New Jersey’s state capital. The TDA manages the downtown Special Improvement District (SID), which encompasses most of the city’s central business district, bounded on the east by the Trenton Transit Center and on the west by Route 29. The SID district includes the State House and South Warren Street historic districts, and parts of the Mill Hill and Hanover-Academy historic districts. The district includes a wide variety of retail business, restaurants, government facilities, service businesses, and residential properties, along with several notable historic sites and tourism destinations.

Established in 1986, TDA now has a $1.1 million dollar budget and supports a wide range of activities designed to establish downtown Trenton as a competitive location for business owners, an engaging center for workers and visitors, and a great place to live. Our activities include hosting quality events and activities for residents and visitors; marketing our downtown businesses and organization; retaining and recruiting local businesses; and assuring that our downtown district is clean, safe, and attractive.

Over the years, TDA has hosted many events, such as the Capital City Farmers' Market, the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, and Patriots Week. All of these events were canceled during the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board is reviewing these events now to determine how to proceed. We are planning for 20,000 state workers to begin returning to their offices this fall and know they will use the downtown again for convenience shopping, lunchtime dining, and after work entertainment. Over the next two years, downtown will gain six hundred new market rate apartments. Two new state office buildings in our district opened during the pandemic.

In order to reopen strong, the TDA must restart its strategic planning efforts, which stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also must also have up to date retail market information to better position us to attract new, quality independent retailers and restaurants. Finally, Trenton played a highly important role in the nation’s fight for independence. With the coming of the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War in 2026, we need to position Trenton to best support our nearby tourism partners and our local businesses and fully realize downtown’s tourism potential. The TDA is seeking an executive leader who can see the potential and opportunities ahead for our downtown and who will actively create and manage new projects. We are fortunate to have four full time staff members who are diverse, longstanding, and highly capable, in addition to our long-time vendor who provides cleaning services. We seek a talented staff leader who can continue to motivate our employees, contractors, and board members as we work toward a bright future for our downtown district.

Professional Qualifications
The ideal candidate possesses:

The following professional qualifications are not required but are preferred.

Range of Duties

Primary responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Business Recruitment and Retention

Placemaking/Urban Design/Tactical Urbanism

Clean and Safe Ambassador Program

Destination Marketing Program

Development Program

Festivals and Events Promotions

Public Relations and Advocacy

Responsibility to the Board of Directors

Fiscal Responsibilities

Application Process
Qualified applicants should submit the following materials as one PDF document:

Please include compensation requirements in your cover letter with the other materials requested. Send one PDF document with all of your materials electronically to Donna Ann Harris, Heritage Consulting Inc., who is coordinating our search process. Send all materials to Donna at Please write Executive Director Candidate in the subject line. No telephone inquiries please. We will contact candidates we wish to interview. First interviews will be held via Zoom.

Application Deadline: Monday September 6, 2021, at 5PM. The Transition Committee will begin to review candidate packages as they are received.

The TDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The TDA does not discriminate in hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, non-job-related disability, or status as a veteran. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.